LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
Take a look at the SARS crises several years ago for what happened there. Many flights from Europe and North America to certain countries in Asia, as well as within Asia were badly hurt with some minor airline failures. Many a 747 flew with a tiny fraction of the regular numbers of pax and many airlines took huge financial hits with most surviving.
It is a little too early to determine what will happen to airlines from this 'bird flu' as it would have to mutate into a form that is easliy transmissable from person to person. Currently it seems to be mostly from those whom have close contacts with live chickens but who knows when it will make that leap and the risk increases.
Any airline worth their salt, would have contigency plans in place NOW.
Unfortunately, it's spreading. ( in Turkey people are hiding their chickens so they won't be destroyed !!! ) World Health Org stated worried about lack of action in turkey. Some baorders have ben closed, but to our knowledge, no airports closed, flights cancelled or flights not allowed into a country like UK or USA.
Alll it takes is one person, (with strain which can transfer from person to person) to fly into say New York & within 24 hours every city in USA will have some sufferers, mostly the young & the old.
We not doom sayers, but just amazed at lack on action by authorities in turkey, Isreal, Indonesia (remember 2 of these are 3rd world countries)